Louis Prang (1824 - 1909)
Image courtesy: WikipediaWe all know how greatly Queen Victoria influenced our modern Christmas celebration - including that of Christmas cards - but how many of us remember that it was this man, Louis Prang, of French Huguenot ancestry, who brought the first printed Christmas Card to the American public? (I only recently learned it!) He immigrated to the United States in 1850 from Europe (he was born in Breslau which is today Wroclaw - Poland's fourth largest city) and settled in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1873 he created Christmas cards for the people of England and the following year, for the American public. Until that time printed Christmas cards were imported from Europe.
An Advertisement for Prang's Christmas Cards c. 1886
Image courtesy: Graphic Content (Library of Congress)
Hope you have a really lovely weekend!